With the racing season creeping closer and closer, Conrad, Gary, Ramsey, Nate and I headed down the mountain for a harder ride on dry roads. We met up at Wild Cherries for some breakfast and drove to the Baxter exit along I-80. However it was still 39 degrees off the highway, so we drove another few miles down the road to the Gold Run exit. Somehow it jumped up 10 degrees in temperature within those few miles.
The route began with a 20 mile descent past Colfax, and I couldn’t help thinking about the brutality of climbing back to the car at the end of the ride. We hammered away at the roads for 40 miles and then stopped at a quaint little coffee shop in downtown Grass Valley. From then on it was rolling terrain and a final 16 miles of uphill back to Gold Run.
Conrad, Gary, Nate and Ramsey were riding really strong the whole 70 miles, with form that is sure to grow even stronger as the season kicks in. My excuses for being slow were a busted rear derailleur and that I am sick.